Each year in June, the Alzheimer’s Association draws awareness to the disease impacting 5.7 million Americans. Alzheimer’s and dementia impact not only the patient but entire families and friend groups. The Alzheimer’s Association makes it their goal to bring Alzheimer’s to the forefront of people’s minds and raise funds and support to find a cure for debilitating brain diseases.
Learn more about common brain diseases including advances in treatment and ways you can take part in helping bring an end to Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that damages and destroys brain cells. This leads to memory loss, changes in thinking, and eventually loss of physical functions. It develops slowly and gradually with brain function declining as brain cells die. Alzheimer’s will eventually take a patient’s life until a cure is found for the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases. Other types of dementia are common, and in some cases, a person may have more than one type.
The most common early symptom involves difficulty remembering new information. As the disease advances, it can lead to:
- Mood and behavior changes
- Serious memory loss
- Confusion about events, time, and place
- Suspicions about family, friends, or caregivers
- Difficulty walking, speaking, and swallowing
Advances in Prevention and Treatment
Efforts are underway to create effective treatments for the disease, including ways to prevent it. Multiple organizations are teaming up to develop treatments and continue prevention trials and new clinical drug trials to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s in pre-systematic patients.
While a cure is yet to be found, many are working hard to develop a cure through collaboration and clinical trials. Each year brings research teams closer to the goal of wiping out Alzheimer’s disease for good.
The Longest Day Event – June 21, 2018
The Longest Day event hosted on summer solstice (June 21, 2018) is all about sharing the love. If you or someone you know has been impacted by a brain disease, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds and awareness while advancing research. Simply select any activity you love – or an activity loved by those affected – and participate individually or as a team to help end Alzheimer’s.
Learn more about activities to take part in or parties you can host and sign up to help bring an end to Alzheimer’s disease one step at a time.
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